Monday, June 23, 2008

Frida links

for the week 6/13/2008 to 6/20/2008

State officials have offered a woman with lung cancer the option of having the Oregon Health Plan pay for an assisted suicide, but not for the chemotherapy prescribed by her physician, according to this report.

Newborn babies with Down syndrome are being turned away from a leading disability service in the UK and adults with intellectual disabilities are also being left homeless because of a funding crisis, it is reported here.

It's reported in this story from the UK that a man and two youths jailed for life for killing Brent Martin, 23, who had learning difficulties, have had their minimum sentences reduced. The disability group Scope said the decision sends out the wrong message about crimes against people with disabilities. (h/t to Patricia E Bauer)

A Hobart (Australia) woman is hoping the Tasmanian Premier will intervene in her fight to have her autistic son attend school, the ABC (Australia) reports. (h/t to BA Haller)

An Australian jury has convicted two women of manslaughter in the death of an Australian man that Swiss authorities had refused to legally euthanize because it was unclear if he had the cognitive ability to decide, the International Herald Tribune reports.

The mother of a child with a disability who uses a wheelchair is angered by a seating snafu at a Cinemark movie theater.